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F/W09 Sweaters, Scarves, and the Others

There’s always an end and I’m finally ready to say that after this my F/W09 posts are done for the season. Let’s kick it into high gear and finish strong!

F/W09 Sweaters

With fall and winter collections, obviously, out come the sweaters. My favorite in this group is definitely that fantastic, yellow shawl-collar sweater from Hermès. It’s clean, simple, and very fashionable all in one package. My second favorite sweater is actually the busiest. I love how playful the lines are and it’s the same sort of yellow that’s in the Hermès sweater. Of course I’m talking about the one from Missoni. It almost has a modern Charlie Brown feel to the pattern that makes it even better. I love when designers take iconic patterns, toss them into their own designer blender, and hit frappé. The last two sweaters I want to talk about are kind of a tied for third, if you will, and they’re actually the first two in the image. I love that knit sweater from Adam Kimmel, although I think the attitude of the model wearing it really does help its image. He brings that extra touch of personality that makes it almost feel like you’ve caught a shot from The Sartorialist.

F/W09 Scarves

Again, because this was Fall/Winter and these are cold weather looks, the designers kicked in some really great scarves. If I were forced at gunpoint to pick 3 of them (oh the horror 😉 ) I would definitely take the Givenchy, Emporio Armani, and Michael Kors scarves. I love the hand-knitted feel to the Givenchy one. It’s almost like an heir loom or something that your grandmother made you (if your grandmother had extremely excellent knitting craftsmanship). It’s that touch of authenticity that really drives this one home as one of my favorites in the group. On the Emporio Armani scarf, I really like the touch of the floral patter on there. The brushed velvet look of the blazer definitely helps the scarf to stand out as the centerpiece in this look. Finishing off my faves is the neck muffler from Michael Kors. A lot of designers came at us with some neck mufflers for Fall/Winter and I was definitely digging them. I know all three of the ones I chose are all black, and I do kind of like that bright red one from Iceberg, but these were the standouts. The other thing of note here that I really liked was the purple sweater from Burberry Prorsum. I love how the patterns switch up and play together through it.

F/W09 The Others

Welcome to the final contact sheet…obviously there is a bunch on here. There are even a few that I kicked out to get a nice even 20 looks. I’ll give you a quick-hitter on all of the highlights in my eyes here. I love the salt & pepper accented seams on D&G cardigan and that nice blue oxford underneath. Double pocket and cut of that jacket from Dunhill really make it a winner. I love the huge scarf in the Gilded Age look and ladies…his name is Chad White and I can’t you tell if you he’s single but he is a nice guy. I love this sweater from Libertine and it seems that NoaR did as well. Moschino hit us with some upscale geek chic. The glasses and pen stitched into the sweater make it simply awesome. Most of Number (N)ine’s very editorial selection was a bit too much fantasy for my tastes, but there was just something about this look that I really liked. I like how the jacket hooks together. It almost feels like he’s some sort of mythical Shaolin cowboy. Moving down the line, I liked the interesting cut on the sweater here from Raf Simons where it looks as though there’s a piece from where neck is on the sweater comes down over the shoulders. To the last row we go here with Ralph Lauren showing a quality way to pop some color into Fall/Winter. Looping back to my first post about the colors, the mauve vest is used to perfection here. I love the amber color in the velvet blazer from Salvatore Ferragamo and the pattern on that tie is so interesting. The last two in this collection of extras have this great knit sweater that’s actually created in the same sort of pattern that the aforementioned Givenchy scarf was.

Alright that wraps up my posts on Fall/Winter 2009. I hope you all enjoyed them and were able to at least pull one thing out of these that you really liked. If I can get some of this fashion through to one person, I think all of my efforts here putting these together were worthwhile. Over the time I’ve been putting these together my SecondLife inventory has swelled to about to bursting point, so I’ve got some looks that I’m going to throw out at you guys in quick succession. Thanks so much for reading and be well everyone.

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F/W09 RWB and Donegal Tweed

Alright ladies and gentlemen we have another couple of trends that were burning up the runways. The first one I’m going to toss at you is a touch of Americana. OK OK, so maybe there are a bunch of other countries whose flags are red, white, and blue. Call me a big, fat American if you will, but on the runways this fall a few designers hit us with these gems:

F/W09 Red, White, & Blue

Starting off with a bang we’ve got a fantastic sweater from Adam Kimmel. The colors are so clean and vibrant it really stands out in this crowd of other red, white, and blue looks. Honestly, it reminds me a lot of a cardigan sweater I had as a child. I don’t think I have any pictures of me in the sweater and I wouldn’t subject my childhood to the peanut gallery here. 😉 Also in this look the muffler with the cut edges has the colors, but in different hues. It’s a nice little touch to this look.

Next, we get suited up in excellent fashion. Gucci tosses this classic power suit at us with very clean lines and a shirt and tie to lighten it up a little. I obviously don’t mean that it’s lightened up color-wise, but more in having some fun. The banker white colored shirt and the checked pattern definitely pop out in this look as well as the shine texture to the tie.

Strolling in now, we’ve got a couple of looks put forth by Iceberg. In the first look, well…we’re missing the white, but the red and blue are there! That’s actually why I did throw this one in because I love how the red and blue announce themselves on the scarf. It’s almost like a red-winged blackbird how the color stands out in this look. That right there really forced my hand in putting in this look into this group. Also, in this first look I adore the intricacy of the detail put into those shoes. The second look from Iceberg is definitely more on the casual side of things. I love the big, red neck on the turtleneck portion of this and those clean, white Velcro shoes are excellent as well.

Moving to the bottom, we’ve got this awesome sweater from Michael Bastian. It’s in the same category as the Adam Kimmel sweater right above it. However, this sweater has a nice shawl collar to it and a much busier Native American pattern to it with the two chiefs and teepees.

Coming up next we’ve got a couple of looks from Moschino. I love the regal appeal of the first one from Moschino. It’s definitely a step back into time with the bowler hat atop and the crisp cut and feel of the navy blazer. Where the Gucci look had a lot of fun, this Moschino look has a lot less. The only fun you get out of this look is the diagonal stripe to the tie. Speaking of fun, the other look from Moschino that I have in this red, white and blue trend is this awesome blazer, tie, and shirt combo. I love how from the waist up that it’s very busy and pops against the very reserved pants and shoes.

The last look in this group is simply a scarf that really did it for me. I really like how Yohji worked this into the sporty feel of Y-3. The way that they tied up the sweater around the neck like an intricate pretzel is just awesome and really adds to the casual feel of this entire look.

F/W09 Salt & Pepper #1

Donegal tweed hit the runways HARD in the F/W09 shows this year. There was a flash of it in almost every collection this season and here are some of my favorite looks from it.

Starting it off we’ve got a fantastic coat from Alessandro Dell’Acqua. I love the black fabric accents and the solid gray sleeves on this. It almost feels as if the coat is a vest with a collar. I’m also a big fan of the light shine to those slacks with the cuffs on the bottom. It’s a very dressy casual fall style on this. The pants may take it a little out of that realm, but overall it still has that feel.

This next look from Bottega Veneta also comes with that same feel, but the shine on those pants are a bit too high to wear to your local coffee shop. I’ve always been a fan of the light collared shirt under the sweater and they did something interesting here. Usually when the collared shirt is underneath you’ll have a V-neck sweater, but on this they used it on a crew neck.

Coming through now, we’ve got a couple of looks from two different Armani collections. The first here is a very casual look from Emporio Armani. I love the look and feel of that coat along with the newsboy hat in a brown version of that same salt and pepper feel. This look is for sure my favorite in the group mainly because I can envision myself wearing that down the streets of a snowy New York City, even if I do live in middle America.

The other look from Giorgio Armani definitely has that more regal, affluent feel to it. The salt and pepper relaxed blazer with that vest underneath are perfectly paired up. I also like how the pocket square helps to tie the jacket into the overall look. It’s a very nice touch indeed.

The following look is probably the most mixed up in terms of the patterns. You’ve got your full suit of donegal tweed, diagonal strips on the tie, dotted multi-color shirt with a banker white collar, and red/white/black slip on shoes. When you read that you would think that the look would be WAY too busy, but somehow Gucci pulled it off where it doesn’t look all that overly busy. It definitely leans toward the busy side, but, in my opinion, it didn’t break over that threshold of too busy.

The last one in this group from Iceberg falls right between the Bottega Veneta and Emporio Armani looks. You’ve got your low shine the pleated dress slacks and then that donegal tweed look in a knitted pea coat. My favorite in this though is the blue, knitted, loose turtleneck sweater. A younger dad could definitely pull that off on the sidelines of a brisk, cool day for their kid’s soccer game.

F/W09 Salt & Pepper #2

Starting it off on this second set we’ve got this great clean and sleek look from Jil Sander. I like this clean look and how it really makes the donegal tweed style the central piece of the entire look. They didn’t add anything amazingly flashy to run with it. The salt and pepper is the statement of fashionability in itself.

Michael Bastian tossed his cap into the ring on this group as well. This fantastic, sporty look I really like the double pocket on the jacket and those blue fingerless gloves are awesome as well. You can’t really tell if they’re connected to the full-zip underneath or not, but I would assume that they’re simply complementary to the full-zip.

Now, we’ve got another classic Michael Kors look. Salt and pepper not only works its way along the jacket, but also the turtleneck sweater as well. My favorite part of this is actually something very simple: buttons on the inside of the coat. Often buttons are a great accent, but when you can hide them inside and make the look even cleaner it’s excellent.

Next on the palette of donegal tweed we’ve got this jacket from Neil Barrett. The first thing that’s great about this is how Neil breaks it up with the rest of the coat being a deep black with the salt and pepper fabric shining through. Then he goes and allows you to break it apart and use it as a scarf. Form and function work perfectly hand-in-hand on this coat and I think it’s awesome. Those shoes are pretty cool too. 😉

One of the designers that really caught my eye in all of the Fall/Winter 09 shows that hit the runways was Trussardi 1911. I don’t know what it was about their looks, but they really just hit that spot for me. I like how the grays play off of each other in this look and, same as the jacket from Michael Bastian above it, has the double right-side pocket. It is very business attire oriented with great class.

Finishing off this post we’ve got a great salt and pepper stole from Victor Glemaud. I really like the casual appeal to this look and note that across the board on the bottom there’s either a hem to the cuff of the pants or they’re rolled up. A lot of designers were doing this in menswear for this season.

That wraps up this post. I hope you all enjoyed this. I’ve got about 6 other topics to cover, so I’ll try to bust through them as my schedule is much more open this week. Thanks everybody and up next I’ll cover the military influences, layered colors, and newsboy hats that lit up the runways.

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F/W09 Duffle & Plaid

Holy cow, I’m actually posting! 🙂 I took a little break there for a bit, but I’m back to give you some more to think about for Fall/Winter09. In this post we’re going to hit on a couple of trends that were working their way around the shows. The first of the two that I’m going to attack is the duffle style.

F/W09 Duffle Jackets

This was popping up on a lot of different coats around the shows this year. In this spread here, we have 8 looks at a duffle coat from 6 different designers. The first look is from Dunhill and almost like a rain poncho cut of the jacket, but the material is something that you’d see more on a pea coat. I like how the mood of the jacket sort of emanates from the deep grays and blacks, but then the clasps are a bright white.

The next duffle coat we have here is from Iceberg. I’m a big fan of Iceberg and would let them outfit me head-to-toe just about any day of the week (if I had means by which to buy their entire collection). They pair up this very nice duffle jacket with a big full-zip or half-zip sweater, you can’t really tell by the shot, with a high turtleneck. This is definitely one of my favorites in the group.

Coming up next the queue we’ve got this very regal/high society sort of duffle coat from Loewe. The deep black color of the coat matched up with the leather duffle clasps and those clean leather boots just ooze the high society appeal of this look.

Three completely different uses of the duffle style coats come at you now from Paul Smith. The first one has plaids crossing all over the place, and I’ll be touching on plaids next. Much like the look from Dunhill, this Paul smith green and navy plaid jacket has white clasps that jump out at you, instead of the more textural accentuation like the previous coat from Loewe. Still near his green and navy plaid section that Paul Smith rolled out another duffle jacket, except this time it was in black and it’s excellent. The final coat from Paul Smith is this jacket with a sort of cowboy feel to the color of it, but the cut is very 80’s blazer. Any way he puts it together, I really like it.

The second to last one here is a very sporty feeling coat from Rag & Bone. The texture of the jacket almost feels like you could go for a jog in it. It’s almost like a Y-3 track jacket that I have from the S/S09 collection where it’s a nylon/polyester blend. It’s light-weight and still can keep you nice and warm. They threw a nice little shawl neck on top here as well that also gives it a nice touch.

The last duffle look we have here comes from Z Zegna. Like the Loewe coat, it’s definitely more of a dressed up coat with that brushed feel to it. As you can see on this coat, it looks almost exactly like a pea coat with the placement of the clasps where you would usually see buttons on a pea coat and a nice waist belt to hold it all together. With the thickness of the fabric that they used, you can tell that this will keep you warm on those cold winter nights.

F/W09 Plaids

The second style I’m talking about here is the plaids. They were all over the place and use in just about all respects from coats to shirts to pants to ties. Those above are just some of my faves. The first plaid pattern comes from the 3.1 Phillip Lim. I love black and grey plaid with the stripes of red through it. It’s a very cool and original pattern.

Next up we’ve got gray scale all over this jacket from Bottega Veneta. I love the pattern and also how the pattern on the sleeves matches up perfectly with the body of the jacket. This would be practically impossible to create in SecondLife, unless the sleeves or the entire coat was made with prims. It would take a talented primsmith like Cubic Effect to pull off something like this. Coming at you with another look from Bottega Veneta which is the same base pattern as the previous, but the colors are different. Also this coat comes off as more casual with the whimsical use of the wraps around the wrists, military button-up shoulders, and off-center pocket.

The first non-outerwear plaid pattern in this group comes from Etro in the form of this suit. I love the use of this deep brown, but personally I would have to break this up a bit. The plaid is great, but it can get a bit busy.

John Bartlett gives us a more refined plaid look with his take on the plaid pattern for Fall/Winter ’09. He breaks down the plaid and stripes barrier fantastically with the plaid coat and striped pants. My favorite part of this entire look is the plaid flower on the jacket. That little touch just sets it apart from all of the other looks in this plaid extravaganza here.

Moving to the bottom now, Loden Dager gave us a nice gray scale, lumberjack plaid on their coat here. It’s a lot like the look from Band of Outsiders that I showed earlier, but this is pattern has an obvious structure to it where the Band of Outsiders one was more abstract.

Sliding over, we have some more green and navy plaid from Paul Smith, but this time it’s on a blazer. Counting it up, we saw this plaid pattern from Paul Smith on outerwear, slacks, and now this blazer. He definitely carried that theme across different mediums very well.

Next on the list, we have this great jacket from Tommy Hilfiger that actually reminds me a lot of a coat that I’ve blogged before from :sey in SecondLife. The pattern on this coat has more lines in a tighter pattern than the one from :sey, but the colors are almost spot-on and the :sey coat gives you those great buckle straps.

Finishing off the plaids here we’ve got a couple of looks from Trussardi 1911. Maybe it was the Band of Outsiders hoodie that started me down this path, but I absolutely love this first look from them. The shirt, vest, and collar all just blend together so well and those pants are really great as well. The other look from Trussardi 1911 we have here is a very clean plaid. The lines in the pattern are very distinct and I love how this differentiated itself from the crowd where most used very busy plaids. Clean, simple, and very everyday.

I’ve got a lot more to cover here, so I’ll try not to take as big of a break between posts on the rest of them because of how much I have left. I’m going to try to pump these out as fast as I can. Stay tuned people. Same Oscar time, same Oscaresque station. 😉

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F/W09 Dressy Outerwear

Ohhhhhhhhhh snap. I’m back at you with more Fall/Winter 2009 hotness from the runways. This post is more of a debonair affair than the previous ones. You have your jackets that you can just toss on and go to wherever you need to head to for the day, and then you have that really nice coat that you wear for special occasions. Here is a taste of those coats:

F/W09 Dressy Outerwear #1

First up, we’ve got a very nice coat from Belstaff. The offset zipper gives a nice fashionable touch to this coat and I really like really the overall feel of this look. This definitely has a power look to it. Next up we’ve got a fantastic coat from Burberry. It’s a touch more casual than the rest of the coats I’m talking about in this, but it’s best suited for when you want a nice coat and you’re not looking for it in black. Note the nice tie for the waist. The following two we have here from Dries Van Noten and DSquared2 are two pea coats with a collar in common. I really like the deep black of the Dries Van Noten jacket, which is almost like much thicker and heavier blazer. The strong shoulders and chest pocket are nice touches to this very regal coat. The other coat with a color switch on the collar is the one from DSquared2. This coat is a much more relaxed coat than the previous, but still just as excellent in it own right. Although it’s shown with jeans, I think this coat bodes better with the white shirt and bow tie. The last two in this set have accents on the other portions of the jacket. This first one from Emporio Armani has a cut similar to the Dries Van Noten jacket in the shoulders and at the opening the cut is right down the middle. The accented pockets are great for fashionability, but I wouldn’t leave my wallet in one of them. 🙂 The last one in this group is a really great classic coat from Hermes with a tan inner lining that shows up on the cuffs and just inside the opening on either side, but left off of the collar.

F/W09 Dressy Outerwear #2

Moving right along with the coats here we’ve got a really well put together pea coat from Iceberg. Very classic lines on this coat and definitely set off with that huge scarf. The second in the line here is very classic as well, but it’s also very classic Michael Kors. The overall feel of this look from Michael Kors seems to be right in line with the look of most of the S/S09 Michael Kors campaign. It’s very well-put together and very elevated. Note the knit collar as well, as it’s definitely something to look out for in F/W09 trend spotting. The next look here from Richard Chai looks like it’s casual, but really this jacket can go both ways. You can wear it like the designer tosses it out here or suit it up underneath and work it as a nice softly textured plaid coat to offset the solid colors of say a navy suit. Sliding on down to the bottom row we’ve got a great jacket from Salvatore Ferragamo. It carries over the accent seams that were rampant in the S/S09 shows and brings to fall astonishingly well with the military feel to boot! Finishing off this post we’ve got two looks from the Z Zegna show. The first one here is a great black coat with those little, shiny accents over the front of the shoulders that really set it apart from the rest. Last, but definitely not least, is this great deep brown jacket with a teeny bit of shine to fabric and, like the previous Z Zegna coat, a bigger sprinkle of shiny accents down the front. These accents aligned themselves with the theme of show as if the rain just stopped falling on the models with wet asphalt look of the runway.

And that wraps up my picks for dressy outerwear from the latest shows. Coming up next I’ll hit you with a couple of trends that were really overtaking the runway in the outerwear category that I haven’t really shown yet.

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F/W09 Casual Outerwear

Outerwear is always everywhere in the Fall/Winter fashion shows. F/W09 really did have some gems for outerwear this time. I always really love Fall/Winter because I’m more of a winter color kind of guy. I’m not saying that I don’t enjoy the nice bright colors that come with spring and summer, but coming from a frigid northern state I guess my opinion is a bit swayed because I’m wearing outerwear 7 to 8 months out of the year. In this post I’m going to get into some of the more casual outerwear that I found in the shows. All of these jackets can be worn with a nice pair of jeans or, for one, a pair of solid gym pants.

Casual Outerwear

We’re coming out of the gate swinging. This old navy boxing champ will drop you on your ass and look damn good doing it. I love the extended collar on this coat from Adam Kimmel and the dark colors totally set off those rubber boots. It’s almost something straight out of Deadliest Catch, but all of those guys wear orange in case they fall out of the boat. He’s more of a local fisherman.

I hate to play favorites, but this second look here from Band of Outsiders is probably my favorite look in all of Fall/Winter 09. Maybe it’s my affection for aviators, but really that gray patchwork, half-zip hoodie is just awesome. It’s slightly snowboarder flashy, but muted with the gray. And the whimsical patches of really 3 different colors of gray that never repeat into a fully obvious and coherent pattern make something this simple that much more complex.

Next up we’ve got these crazy cool jackets from Calvin Klein that seriously remind me of Tron. In that shot you can see the black on being walked in the front, but they also had it in a gray as well that’s walking behind. From the different shots that I saw of this jacket, it almost was as if the jacket was made of foam or a foam-like material. It’s one of the pieces that really stood out from all of the other shows. Not a whole lot of people took risks this season, but I would say that this one from CK was definitely an intelligent and calculated risk.

Following Calvin Klein, we’ve got a look from Belgian designer Dirk Bikkemberg. The Bikkemberg label really centers on the sporty aspect of the fashion world. In his own words from their website, “Sport in general, and football in particular, represent the language of a genuine and positive way of life.” In case any of you misunderstood, he was speaking of European football (what we call soccer). Thus, this look here represents the football culture in the sporting aspects of the look. This fleece-looking top with the salt & pepper main portion was a great piece in the Bikkemberg collection.

Moving down to the bottom we have this great look from Gilded Age. It’s a shorter peacoat with some very nice sandblasted and partially acid washed jeans. Throw on a scarf with two different plaids and some fingerless gloves there and you’re set to go…on to the next look of course.

This jacket from Armani is definitely more of a fall coat than a winter coat. By ease of which this jacket moves around and the look of the coat, I would say that it’s probably a polyester blend fabric. Also, peeking out from underneath it is a shirt with organized patches of stripes going every which way and the velvet touch to the pants is a nice addition.

My last two outerwear pieces come from designers known for their editorial looks on the runway. The first is a Satyr-like character from John Galliano’s show wearing a great coat that will for sure keep you warm in the winter. I mean look at all of that faux fur (I assume) on the inside of that. It’s great because the texture of the fur on the inside touches on the brushed velvet look without actually being that look. The last casual look comes from a postapocalyptic soldier with dirty boots and a military style gray jacket that’s simply to die for. You can tell that this jacket from Nice Collective is much lighter in weight than the aforementioned coat from John Galliano. Both have the same sort of feel to them though.

That finishes up the Casual Outerwear portion of my coverage here, but be on the lookout for my picks on Dressy Outerwear to come next.

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